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Re: New Civilization VI Season Pass Launches This Month
May 12, 2020, 05:19
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Re: New Civilization VI Season Pass Launches This Month May 12, 2020, 05:19
May 12, 2020, 05:19
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 12, 2020, 02:34:
This is a joke surely?

Checking it.. wow, the game is actually still played.. by a lot

https://steamcharts.com/app/289070

It's more popular now than it was 4 years ago. I don't even understand! Civ V is still played a lot but assuming you liked the new hex grid and no more "stack of doom" mechanics it was one of the best in the entire series. That can't be said for VI so it baffles me!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 24, 2020, 19:20
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 24, 2020, 19:20
Feb 24, 2020, 19:20
 
I've been coming to this website since the 90's. It's literally the only website I still go to from back then. It's been my home page for over 20 years. Supporting this site (through PayPal for me) was a simple decision!

Blue, I hope you can keep this site going for another 25+ years!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 31, 2019, 13:58
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Re: Out of the Blue Dec 31, 2019, 13:58
Dec 31, 2019, 13:58
 
I've heard the low frequency hum before and I've done my own research on it. I generally only hear it when there are no other real sounds for me to hear. I have heard it outside but usually I'm inside when I hear it and it's rather random as to when/where. The most plausible things I've read is that it's the blood pulsing through your body that normally you can't hear (far too low frequency at less than 2Hz for resting pulse) being attenuated for some reason, or something more mundane like geothermal activity.

The only "conspiracy theory" idea for it that I can kind of see possibly being it is infrasound communication for submarines. VLF is still very high frequency, the infrasound stuff is well below normal human hearing on the order of 1-5Hz. The US Navy has actually communicated this way but they tend to not use it because it's extremely slow to communicate anything useful and still has a limited range.
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Re: Question about ultra-wide monitors
Sep 29, 2019, 16:15
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Re: Question about ultra-wide monitors Sep 29, 2019, 16:15
Sep 29, 2019, 16:15
 
Creston wrote on Sep 29, 2019, 14:53:
Hey monitor gurus, question:

If you play a game on an ultra-wide monitor and it doesn't support the ultra-wide resolution, what happens? Do you just get black bars on both sides of the monitor? Does it stretch the image to fit? Is that a choice, or something that just happens?

Thanks in advance!


What happens when you play a game that doesn't support the ratio you are running at completely depends on several factors.

1. The monitor may have controls to stretch or shrink it to fit
2. The game may have those some controls (most don't)
3. Neither of the above and you get one of two things, either the game will automatically stretch to fill the screen and look like ass, or it will be centered in the middle of your screen with huge black bars.

Generally you get the first part of #3 if you don't have control over #1 or #2. However, most monitors these days have settings that are configured from your display drivers that tell it what to do in situations where the game doesn't support the resolution.

Which game(s) are you looking at that might have this issue? You can also visit https://www.wsgf.org/ and get info on monitors and games.
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues
Sep 29, 2019, 12:59
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Sep 29, 2019, 12:59
Sep 29, 2019, 12:59
 
I've suffered from tinnitus for my entire adult life. Mine started with being at a shooting range and someone next to me starting firing a semi auto .45 handgun without making sure I had my ears covered. The gunfire sounds reflected off the metal roofing covering the standing area and just made it worse. I had loud ringing in my ears for days after that. That was when I was 15 or 16. Now, 25 years later, I still suffer an incessant high pitched ringing in my ears. It literally never goes away although I've learned to live with it.

Being in super quiet areas, the ringing can be so loud comparatively that I can't do anything else but focus on it. It doesn't affect my actual hearing much, if any, at all. Although I've lost a bit of high frequency hearing I think that's mostly just because of me knocking on my 40th year and not the tinnitus itself. It does force me to sleep with a white noise machine so that as I fall asleep my brain doesn't focus on the ringing.

I can generally ignore it but it's there every single waking hour of my life. I can definitely see it driving some people to thoughts of suicide. I've tried many methods of making it go away and nothing has ever worked. The best thing for me is to find something to focus my attention away from it. If I'm otherwise occupied, I don't really pay attention to it. Whether that's a movie, a good book, music, playing a game or literally anything else.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 20, 2019, 18:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2019, 18:39
Jun 20, 2019, 18:39
 
For all the hate that Comcast gets, I personally never had an issue until I was moving to somewhere where they did not offer service. They didn't try to keep me (not too hard anyway) but they were convinced I never turned in all their hardware. The only thing I had from them was a cable card. The person behind the counter just simply didn't understand that everything else was my own stuff. They did not understand that with a cable card I was simply using a tuner card in my PC to get TV. They were sure I'd kept my cable box and DVR. Neither of which I'd ever owned/rented/used/etc from them.

My internet was fine through them except when Comcast itself was down (there was a huuuge nation wide outage while I was using them). My TV service (through the cable card) was fine as well. No issues whatsoever once everything was setup.

However, my parents have Comcast as well and it's been a literal nightmare for them. They pay well over $200 a month and can't even get basic customer service that isn't shoddy as hell.

Good luck Blue!

p.s. I am now living in an area that pioneered residential gigabit internet and was the first in the entire world to offer residential 10 gigabit. I now get 90+ megabytes per second speeds from steam with no data caps and no BS. I adore it, I choose where I move based on if they support this ISP or not.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 16, 2019, 09:48
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 16, 2019, 09:48
Apr 16, 2019, 09:48
 
Looks like the OotB link tables got out of hand again.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 11, 2019, 08:07
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2019, 08:07
Apr 11, 2019, 08:07
 
Looks like the formatting on the links for OotB got screwy!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 16, 2019, 11:26
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2019, 11:26
Mar 16, 2019, 11:26
 
Losing a pet is so hard. I've had my share of lost pets and it never gets easier. Just always remember to think back on all the good times you had with them! I am so sorry you lost Gunnar.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 15, 2019, 10:31
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 15, 2019, 10:31
Mar 15, 2019, 10:31
 
Here's hoping the pooch gets better! My own dog has been acting strange lately and I can't afford to take him to the vet to see what's wrong, I'm hoping he pulls through and likewise I hope Gunnar gets better as well!
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Re: BioWare on the State of Anthem
Mar 14, 2019, 11:44
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Re: BioWare on the State of Anthem Mar 14, 2019, 11:44
Mar 14, 2019, 11:44
 
Flatline wrote on Mar 14, 2019, 11:32:
Darks wrote on Mar 14, 2019, 10:26:
Make it all instanced so that you can also see anyone who is in your group. Get rid of the unnecessary load screens and make the game more viable.

Have you ever seen a game eliminate load screens before? That'd require a pretty major architectural overhaul I'd imagine.

If a mod for oblivion and skyrim can do it, so can the original developers on a game like Anthem. It's obvious they do it for consoles, not because of any technical limitation given how many 100% open world games there are these days.
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Re: Diablo on GOG.com, More Blizzard Classics to Follow
Mar 7, 2019, 09:58
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Re: Diablo on GOG.com, More Blizzard Classics to Follow Mar 7, 2019, 09:58
Mar 7, 2019, 09:58
 
I am truly stunned at this news. While honestly, I won't play the original due to it's extremely outdated gameplay mechanics, this is amazing news.
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues
Jan 29, 2019, 10:18
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Jan 29, 2019, 10:18
Jan 29, 2019, 10:18
 
I am still using a logitech MX518. Yes, THAT MX518... I bought one original nearly 15 years ago whenever they were new and about 5 years after that, I bought a second one off ebay once they were no longer being sold. I've been using the second one for about 5 or 6 years at this point. I really hope it lasts me long enough to survive until someone makes a replacement! I love the design and feel of the 518. nothing else has ever been made (that I could find) that fully replaces it.
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues
Dec 16, 2018, 14:58
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Dec 16, 2018, 14:58
Dec 16, 2018, 14:58
 
Kindles will actually handle more than just .mobi. My first gen Kindle Touch will display PDF, plain text, .mobi, and .epub all fine. The suggestion of Calibre I 100% agree with. It is simply the best ebook library manager out there.

A Kindle Fire is a normal "tablet PC" optimized for Amazon. It is NOT an e-reader, although you can run the kindle app on it (just like any Android device) it uses a normal LCD screen just like a phone.

All the supported formats: Click Here
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues
Jun 19, 2018, 06:28
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Jun 19, 2018, 06:28
Jun 19, 2018, 06:28
 
Over $3100 across 11 years for me. I installed steam when it first came out (2004?) but I didn't like it back then. I think I waited until the id Anthology came out to fully install/use it.

This number doesn't seem that bad until I realized that I've only bought maybe a dozen games in the past few years on steam. The majority of these purchases were probably done in a 6-8 year period. I'd wager that generally I bought a game a month for quite a while until about 2 years I stopped finding game that met my old geezer's idea of worth my money. (get off my lawn)

6 years after I created my account would have been 2012 which is fairly close to the last time I bought a lot of games. Ends up being something like $30-$40 a month. Yea... glad I don't do that anymore.
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues
Mar 9, 2018, 10:57
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Mar 9, 2018, 10:57
Mar 9, 2018, 10:57
 
I love Steam as a platform but the software is in DIRE need of modernization. I don't mean updates and bandaids either. It needs a complete overhaul. My other huge gripe is all the SHIT software on Steam these days. I'm not saying Valve needs to review every single title under the sun, but something has to be done. Allowing all these early access games means 90% never finish and you're left with paying for games that are literally never "complete" in any sense of the word. I realize a lot of that is on us, the gamers, who buy all these shit games supporting these methods. However, there needs to be systems in place to prevent so many early access games from never being completed. They grab their EA money and never push out another update.
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues
Jan 31, 2018, 20:08
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Jan 31, 2018, 20:08
Jan 31, 2018, 20:08
 
Sepharo wrote on May 4, 2016, 18:24:
Coming in 2020!

Nearly 2 years after you made this comment and it's confirmed that the likely date is in fact 2020!
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Not sure what to think
Dec 23, 2017, 20:41
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Not sure what to think Dec 23, 2017, 20:41
Dec 23, 2017, 20:41
 
I've been hearing about this game for so many years. Maybe I should try it...
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues
Dec 5, 2017, 21:07
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Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Dec 5, 2017, 21:07
Dec 5, 2017, 21:07
 
Popcorn
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 9, 2016, 14:59
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2016, 14:59
Oct 9, 2016, 14:59
 
Blue, I've been a registered member for over 16 years now. I was a lurker before that but never registered. I saw your site a few times during the time it was Blue's Quake Rag but never really followed you. Your site has been my homepage for 15+ years.

It's hard to believe you've been around this long. It's hard to believe I've been coming to a single website this long as well. I hope your format never changes! This site has been through some hard times. I remember the UGO debacle. The first time ads started taking over your entire screen and your tireless efforts to have meaningful ads.

To this day, your site is the only site that is whitelisted in my adblocker. Here's to another 20 years!
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